A Paper Bird Craft for kids

by Karen & Grace Morris

Have fun making a paper bird craft for kids. You can use this project to teach preschoolers about different shapes.

birds from shapes

Learning about shapes can help young children in many ways. The activity helps them to organize information. It also helps children in school.

Recognizing shapes is a pre-reading and writing skill, as they have to recognize the different shapes of letters and numbers. It is also a math skill and is used in geometry. Besides, using shapes can be fun and help children be creative.

You can also make different animals using shapes. Here I will show you how to make a simple bird.

Before you start, you might want to show your child pictures of birds. Point out that the head looks like a circle and the wings and body look like ovals.

How to Make a Paper Bird Craft for Kids


  • Scissors,
  • Construction paper,
  • Glue stick.
use a lid draw a circle

Use a 2-inch circle for the head. A spice lid is about the right size.

draw shapes

Then draw a large oval for the body. The oval is 2 by 4 inches.

Make a small oval about 1 by 2 1/4 inches for a wing.

Make thin strips for the tail feathers. I used three strips 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches.

Out of yellow or orange paper, cut a small triangle for a beak.

Before your child glues the shapes, show him how to make a bird. You might want to remind him that the circle is the head and the large oval is the body. Show how the wing goes on the side of the body. Tell your child that a bird has two wings, but in the picture you only see one side.

finished shape bird

Let your child glue the shapes on a piece of paper. Punch a hole using a hole punch for the eye.

You could even place the bird on a folded piece of paper to make a card. It would make a great card to give to grandma for Grandparents Day. You could also use it for a birthday card, or give it to Mom for Mother’s Day. Dad would even like a bird card for Father’s Day.

If you make a blackbird, you could sing a nursery rhyme. I remember singing, Two Little Blackbirds and Song of Sixpence. You can also sing hush, little baby, don’t say a word Mama’s is going to buy you a mockingbird….

You can use the paper bird craft for kids to teach children about shapes.

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